Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sarvodaya Sannyasa

What is Sarvodaya Sannyasa?
Ans. Sarvodaya Sannyasa is a new model of Sannyasa which will be both socially and politically conscious. It is a gigantic vision aiming to bring the best streams of spiritual purity and power into the mainstream politics of India. Sarvodaya Sannyasins will be active in mainstream politics of India starting from the level of village panchayats to parliament. They will also actively work as spiritual friends of all citizens, providing them with intellectual as well as spiritual guidance and solace in their day-to-day personal, family and social life.
What are the aims of Sarvodaya Sannyasa?
Ans. The aims of Sarvodaya Sannyasa are:
  1. To give countless fulltime politician cum social worker cum yogi to Bharat and humanity for eternity to come.
  2. Putting enlightenment and maximum possible, selfless service of Bharat and humanity at the same footing.
What is the core vision of Sarvodaya Sannyasa?
Ans. Sarvodaya Sannyasa is divided into 2 stages.
  1. Sarvodaya Sadhaka: One has to become a fulltime activist under Sarvodaya Mission (SM), a spiritual organization (its core ideology is here )
  2. Sarvodaya Sannyasin: The Sarvodaya Sadhaka will have to undergo one year long (or longer than a year) fulltime secluded yoga-practice total 6 times (with some years of gap between consecutive secluded fulltime yoga-practice) combined with vow of silence and not spending time in reading spiritual books or any other things and utilizing whole duration of the day in only yoga-practice. And he/she will also need to maintain unbroken celibacy continuously for a period of at least 12 years. After these two conditions are fulfilled, a Sarvodaya Sadhaka can choose to become a Sarvodaya Sannyasin on his/her own. In total, a Sarvodaya Sannyasin will spend at least 10% and at most 50% of fulltime years (first 6 secluded yoga-practice years included in count) in secluded yoga-practice and remaining years in socio-political work under the banner of Sarvodaya Mission. One will not participate in electoral politics of the democratic system of India during the phase of “Sarvodaya Sadhak”, but one will be free to directly participate in such electoral politics after becoming a “Sarvodaya Sannyasin” depending on the situation and needs of the times.
What are the core principles of Sarvodaya Sannyasa?
Ans. Core principles of Sarvodaya Sannyaas. All principles must be followed by all Sarvodaya Sannyasins in letter and spirit under all circumstances. Sarvodaya Sadhakas being in the preliminary stage will not be expected to show perfect adherence to these principles, but the more they are able to adhere to these principles, the more they will move towards becoming an ideal Sarvodaya Sannyasin later. The principles are as follows:
  1. He/She will be expected to follow Sarvodaya Mission’s core ideology in letter and spirit. If Sarvodaya Mission looses its ideological integrity due to undesirable entry of morally retarded elements or moral degradation of existing members, it will be considered a failure of Sarvodaya Sannyasins of present times and they owe this duty to past and future Sarvodaya Sannyasins to bring back the ideological purity of the Mission back through tactful, collective actions.
  2. He/She will need to follow two values, celibacy and universal love in thoughts, words and deeds whole life whatever may be the circumstances.
  3. He/She will need to fulfill the inviolable principle of spending at least 10% and at most 50% of his years in continuous secluded sadhana with vow of not reading or talking anything during this period and using writing only for communicating about his personal needs like food, clothes etc. All Sarvodaya Sannyasins must adhere to this rule without any exception.
  4. He/She will need to continuously undertake travel for most of his/her life to meet with people for the sake of social and political work. In case of female sannyasins, we will not expect excessive travel but regular travel, but male sannyasins will be expected to do even excessive travel just like Buddha and Mahavira travelled whole life for more than 40 years continuously to promote spiritual welfare of society.
  5. He/She will be expected to behave like a normal, but fully principled person, never feeling himself/herself above householder, keeping in mind “Atmavat Sarvabhuteshu” (One Self/Consciousness dwells in all.) and never developing any kind of superiority complex. Gentleness, generosity and sweetness in behaviour will be expected from him/her towards one and all under all possible circumstances.
  6. He/She will be expected to take care of his/her physical, mental and spiritual well-being through daily yoga-sadhana, introspection, openness, balanced diet, positive, optimistic thinking and regular reading of good and knowledgeable literature.
  7. He/She will be expected to fulfill his/her family members’ genuine financial needs before joining Sarvodaya Sannyasa and will be expected to continuously take care of their emotional and spiritual needs after joining Sarvodaya Sannyasa, while considering them a part of his/her universal family.
  8. He/She will be expected to emulate the spirit of selfless service, compassion, broad-mindedness and universal love with full sincerity, keeping great sannyasins like Buddha, Mahavira, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahansa as his/her role in this regard.
Who are the pioneers of Sarvodaya Sannyasa tradition? 
Ans. All those spiritual aspirants who become Sarvodaya Sannyasin during the foundation phase of Sarvodaya Mission (2009-2033) will be considered pioneers of Sarvodaya Sannyasa tradition. The current list of would-be Sarvodaya Sannyasins (listed in albhabetical order):

  • Gopal Krishna: He did B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur (graduating batch – 2006), graduated with MS in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Dec 2007. He is currently working as a software engineer in Massachusetts, USA.
If you are interested in becoming a Sarvodaya Sannyasin, do write to us at sarvodaya.mission@gmail.com.

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